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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

We feature stories on various topics such as families, housing, employment, business, education, the economy, emergency management, and population.


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States in South and West Growing the Fastest
The U.S. population grew by 0.6 percent between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018 and the five fastest-growing states were all in the South and West.
Yes, There Is a Santa Claus – In Indiana
The Census Bureau delivers a bagful of seasonal facts from U.S. cities named Holly (12) to estimated December retail sales in department stores ($21.6 billion).
Cities Partner With Census Bureau to Ensure a Complete Count
Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh chairs not only her city’s Complete Count Committee but is 2020 Census Task Force chair for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Income and Poverty
Differences in Income Growth Across U.S. Counties
Median household income varies across the nation's 3,142 counties. In general, income is higher and poverty rates lower in urban counties than in rural areas.
Rural and Lower-Income Counties Lag Nation in Internet Subscription
Nationally, 78 percent of households subscribe to the internet but households in both rural and lower-income counties lag behind.
Why Does the American Community Survey Ask the Questions it Does?
The 2013-2017 ACS is released Thursday and is the only source of local statistics on topics from employment and education to language spoken at home to housing.
How Census Bureau Data Can Help Older Americans Afford Housing
King County, Wash., increased enrollment in a housing affordability program for older Americans using the Census Bureau’s American...
Administrative Records Offset Declining Census Survey Response
Administrative records have the potential to reduce the amount of information the Census Bureau requests from respondents.
For Young Adults, Cohabitation Is Up, Marriage Is Down
Estimates from the 2018 Current Population Survey show that living together is a more common lifestyle for young adults ages 18 to 24 than marriage.
Families and Living Arrangements
For Young Adults, Cohabitation Is Up, Marriage Is Down
Estimates from the 2018 Current Population Survey show that living together is a more common lifestyle for young adults ages 18 to 24 than marriage.
Jumping Into Action When Disaster Strikes
The Census Bureau’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Team coordinates and disseminates demographic and economic data to emergency managers and the public.
2018 Marks World War I Centennial
The war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. A year later, Armistice Day — what we now call Veterans Day — was proclaimed.
Families and Living Arrangements
Despite Internet, Kids Still Involved in Extracurricular Activities
Children today are just as engaged in lessons and even more active in sports compared to around 15 years ago.
A Snapshot of the Fast-Growing U.S. Older Population
Most Older Adults Lived in Households with Computer and Internet Access.
Protecting the Data We Collect Is Top Priority
For National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the U.S. Census Bureau wants you to know this: Its highest priority is the protection of your information.
When Many College Students Live Off Campus, Poverty Rate Goes Up
Census research shows that a large college student population that lives off campus can result in higher poverty rates in both small and large counties.
TV Network and Advocacy Groups Support Complete Census Count
Univision’s flagship TV station in Los Angeles hosted a session in early August to discuss ways to help the U.S. Census Bureau count everyone in 2020.
2020 Census Is Around the Corner but Not Just for the United States
Since the 1930s, the U.S. Census Bureau has helped more than 100 countries around the world conduct their censuses.
5 Things You Can Do Now to Support an Accurate 2020 Census
Here are 5 ways — big and small — that everyone can help make the decennial census a success.
Business and Economy
You Won’t Believe the Products Businesses Sell
Want to know what share of grocery store sales are prescriptions? Or how much fast food is sold at drive-through windows? The economic census has the answers.
Business and Economy
Tracking Hurricanes’ Potential Impact on Workforce and Industries
In the wake of disasters, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Emergency Management Map provides information on workers and industries, such as manufacturing.
How Many Work in Manufacturing?
The Annual Survey of Manufactures shows manufacturing receipts and how many are employed in manufacturing by state and by sector.
Business and Economy
America’s Love Affair With Craft Beer
Every one of the 50 states and over a quarter of all counties have at least one brewery.
Business and Economy
Three Ways to Look At Manufacturing
Snapshots detail manufacturing through the Quarterly Financial Report, International Trade and Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders.
Business and Economy
Manufacturing Week Begins
Manufacturing plays a major role in the U.S. economy. See its impact on everything from employment and payroll to exports in a series of snapshots.
New Opportunity Atlas Estimates Social Mobility by Census Tract
The new Opportunity Atlas shows which neighborhoods offer children the best chances of climbing the income ladder later in life.
Where Does All the Data the Census Bureau Collects Go?
We mark the 60th anniversary of the National Processing Center in Jeffersonville, Ind., by exploring its history that began as an army supply depot in 1874.
Three-fourths of the Nation’s Businesses Don’t Have Paid Employees
In 2016, only 23.8 percent of the 32.6 million U.S. establishments had employees on their payroll.
Business and Economy
Cheers to the Alcohol Industry!
The U.S. alcohol industry is measured in multiple economic surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, serving up new rounds of alcohol data.
Income and Poverty
Poverty Rate Drops in 20 States and the District of Columbia
The 2017 1-year American Community Survey out today shows some states had the fourth straight year of decline while other had rates of 18 percent or more.
Income and Poverty
Highest Median Household Income on Record?
What looks like a record high may be due to redesigned income questions. Taking the change into account shows no difference from previous highs.
Income and Poverty
Nutrition Assistance Program Lifts 3.4 Million Out of Poverty
The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) allows the Census Bureau to see how different government programs – like SNAP – impact the number...
Income and Poverty
Poverty Rate Drops for Third Consecutive Year in 2017
The three-year run of declines in poverty is the longest stretch of annual declines since 1997-2000, but the struggle to sustain...
Who Are the Uninsured?
The number of people without health insurance grew to 28 million in 2017, up from 27.3 million the previous year.
Income and Poverty
Coming This Week: Income, Poverty, Health Insurance Numbers
U.S. Census Bureau experts give you a video overview of new data that will be released Wednesday and Thursday.
How Much Is Your College Degree Worth?
The Census Bureau is collaborating with colleges and universities to provide national-level statistics on labor market outcomes for post-secondary graduates. 


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